In the wake of the Beijing Games, Japanese Olympians must put the highs and lows of China behind them and deal with the challenge of returning their focus to training and regular competition.

After 19 days of competition across 109 events, the Winter Olympics officially ended Sunday with the closing ceremony.

For some athletes, the Olympic experience was a dream come true, for others it was a nightmare on one or more levels, even if there were some valuable lessons to take for safe-keeping.

The next competition that awaits Yuma Kagiyama and Shoma Uno, the respective silver and bronze medalists in men's figure skating, is the world championships that will take place March 23-26 in Montpellier, France.

Yuma Kagiyama (R) of Japan and compatriot Shoma Uno pose with their silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the men's figure skating at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 11, 2022, in Beijing. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Both skaters train on the Chukyo University rink in the Aichi Prefecture city of Toyota, with 18-year-old Kagiyama, who was making his Olympic debut, and 24-year-old Uno, who won singles medals in back-to-back games, seeking their first world title.

"I want to consider it a new start and put all I've got into my performance," said Kagiyama.

"Finally, I'll get to practice the way I want to," Uno said, referring to the suboptimal training environment in Beijing. "I hope to do well (at worlds)."

Yuzuru Hanyu, who finished fourth in Beijing, is still mulling over his participation at worlds. The two-time Olympic gold medalist revealed in a post-event press conference that he suffered a serious ankle injury in Beijing and has been told to stay off the ice for now.

Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu acknowledges applause after performing in the men's free skate at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 10, 2022, at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Speed skaters do not have much time to dwell on their Olympic results, either.

Next up for Miho Takagi, who came home with four medals, including a gold in the women's 1,000, is the world speed skating championships which open March 3 in Hamar, Norway, followed by the World Cup final in Heerenveen, Netherlands, on March 12-13.

"My season hasn't ended yet. I want to start over with a clean slate," Takagi said.

Miho Takagi of Japan celebrates after winning the women's 1,000-meter speed skating gold at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 17, 2022, at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi, who won normal hill gold and large hill silver, returns to the World Cup circuit in Europe and rejoins the race for the men's overall World Cup title.

Sara Takanashi will be trying to forget her traumatic Olympic experience in which she had a jump disqualified for violating guidelines on the suit she wore while competing in the mixed team ski jumping. She also failed to win a medal in the individual event but must shake that off to prepare for the next World Cup event.

Japan's Ryoyu Kobayashi (center L) puts his arm around teammmate Sara Takanashi's shoulder after the ski jumping mixed team event at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 7, 2022, at the National Ski Jumping Centre in Zhangjiakou, China. (Kyodo)

"I want to learn to accept things as they are and move forward," she said.

Elsewhere, freestyle skier Ikuma Horishima, who won an Olympic bronze in the men's moguls, is focusing on his campaign to claim his first crystal globe next month.

Men's snowboard halfpipe gold medalist Ayumu Hirano said he will take a brief break to evaluate his current plan and set goals for the future.

Composite photo shows Japanese snowboarder Ayumu Hirano performing a frontside double cork 1260 during his second run in the men's halfpipe final at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Feb. 11, 2022, at the Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, China. He won gold. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Loco Solare, the silver medal-winning women's curling team, will not compete in the March 19-27 world championships in Canada. The Chubu Electric Power team has been entered instead.

Japan had its best-ever showing at a Winter Games with 18 medals in Beijing -- three gold, six silver and nine bronze -- and ranked 12th in the medal standings.

Combined photo shows Japanese medalists, (from top L) snowboarder Ayumu Hirano (1), speed skater Miho Takagi (2), ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi (3), figure skater Yuma Kagiyama (4), Loco Solare curling team (5), snowboarder Kokomo Murase (6), figure skater Shoma Uno (7), snowboarder Sena Tomita (8), figure skater Kaori Sakamoto (9), women's speed skating pursuit team (10), moguls skier Ikuma Horishima (11), Nordic combined athlete Akito Watabe (12), Nordic combined relay team (13), speed skater Wataru Morishige (14), and figure skating team (15). (Kyodo)